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How girls soccer players can use Visualization to improve confidence and performance

Published on September 4, 2018

Visualization can be a great tool for your daughter to use to be successful and feel more confident.

Visualization is kind of an interesting topic. I’m a huge believer in it and that it can help you in all areas of your life.

It’s rarely talked about youth sports, and in my opinion it’s not used nearly enough.

There are several ways that using visualization can help improve your daughters performance on the field.

Before a game if she is to visualize herself making a good play, scoring a goal, or  being aggressive then she is much more likely to perform that way in the game.

The whole point of visualization is to get your mind to focus in on something and experience results that you want.

So not only will it help her to play better but another huge thing that visualization will help as her ability to be confident.

Once she has visualized, and has experienced the feeling of being successful -she’s more likely to achieve that result and be confident when it comes time to perform.

In addition to that. I fully believe that what you put out into the world is what you will get back…

..so it’s important to understand that visualization must be kept positive and in line with the results that she wants.

Visualization may seem silly but it’s a really easy thing to do and only takes a few minutes.

It can be as simple as taking one minute to close your eyes and put yourself in a situation performing well.

 

Just like anything visualization needs to be practiced. The more she does it the better she will get at doing it.

For the first time practicing I would find a quiet place where you can be alone. A good time to practice is right before you’re going to bed or right when you wake up in the morning.

 

  1. Visualize the small details

Picture yourself in the game and be specific. What jersey are you wearing? who are you playing against? Is it hot outside? What field are you playing on?  How do you feel?

The more detailed you are the better the visualization will work.

 

  1. Visualize yourself in the game making plays

These are examples that any player can use matter what position you’re playing.

-Forward: imagine yourself making a run to receive the ball dribbling and cutting past a defender, and then taking an awesome shot finishing on goal

-Midfielder: picture yourself winning a header out of the air, then getting a wall pass from your teammate, playing the ball up to a forward, and getting an assist.

-Defender: visualize yourself jockeying for position against an attacker, winning the ball in a solid tackle, and distributing the ball to keep possession.

-Goalkeeper: imagine that an attacker has a wide-open shot on you but you’re ready for it. As the attacker winds up to take the shot you read her eyes and can see which direction her shots going.. you make an amazing diving save.

 

Don’t just think about scoring goals and getting assists…

..you also need to think about how you’re going to support your teammates, how you’re going to play aggressively, and the communication that you’re going to use.

Like I said, get as detailed as possible.

Once you spend a few minutes going through all the details of the game you will feel much more confident going into your next game.

Next time you have a game I want you to visualize either the night before the game or the morning when you wake up.  You can also do this on the way to the game while your parents are driving you.

This is a great way to get in the zone and mentally ready to perform your best.

If this was helpful to your daughter, please share it with other members of your team or friends.

 

P.S. If your daughter is struggling with her confidence or needs help in any area of her game, simply click the button below so we can set up a time to chat about what I can do to help her out!

 

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